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North American FireFighters Personal Protective Equipment Markets

  • Publication Date:December 2010
  • Publisher:Frost & Sullivan
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:131

North American FireFighters Personal Protective Equipment Markets

The North American Firefighter PPE market analyzes the fire helmets, firefighter SCBA, turnout gear, fire gloves and fire boots segments. The important factors which drive, restrain and impose challenges have been assessed. Detailed revenue forecasts are given for each product type and for the North American market. Major legislations, which govern firefighter PPE, have been discussed in addition to an end user analysis. Short and Long term strategic recommendations have been provided

Summary of Major Findings

The North American firefighter PPE market is a wellestablished market and has reached a stage of maturity. The market is primarily dependent on the replacement of PPE and possesses limited
opportunities for growth.

The market is highly dependent on the grant money which is available to fire departments for the purchase of PPE. Other areas which are being given more importance is chemical, biological, radiological
and nuclear (CBRN) protection.

Currently, the challenges that this market faces are:

  • Maintaining an updated product portfolio with new technological innovations, in order to attract more market share
  • Limited government funding being seen in the form of assistance to firefighter grants (AFG)
  • Gradual appearance and competition from lowcost products from Asia
  • Increase in raw material prices which adds pressure on manufacturers, who are trying to drive down prices

The factors which bring growth opportunities in the market include:

  • Technological innovations and new products which have advanced features in terms of performance, comfort and functionality
  • Preparation for unforeseen acts of terrorism and natural calamities
  • Gradual increase in population and migration of people, which creates the need for more firefighters

The factors which retard the growth of the market include:

  • The aftermath of the economic recession, which has reduced end-user spending levels
  • Decreasing employment levels in fire departments
  • Increased pricing pressure from end-user’s expectations creates the need to reduce prices

 

This Frost & Sullivan research service titled North American FireFighters Personal Protective Equipment Markets assesses the market drivers, restraints, and challenges for the firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE) market, along with detailed revenue forecasts for different product type and the overall market. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following market segments: fire helmets, firefighter self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), turnout gear, fire gloves, and fire boots.

Market Overview

Innovative Products Open Up Opportunities for the Firefighters Personal Protective Equipment Markets in North America

Innovative products are expected to open up fresh opportunities in the North American firefighters PPE markets, which have reached a stage of maturity due to the high level of compliance of PPE and lower replacement rates. “The PPE market is heavily dependent on technological innovations for its sales,” says the analyst of this research service. “It will be important for PPE manufacturers to specifically cater to the needs of fire departments that are willing to spend extra to ensure the comfort of their firefighters.” Innovations aimed at reducing ergonomic stress such as reduction of weight of SCBA, turnout gear, and boots; enhancing the breathability and comfort of turnouts; and improving the dexterity and fit of gloves are likely to prove to be extremely crucial for gaining the market share. Fire departments looking to replace their PPE are expected to prefer products with enhanced comfort, functionality, and durability.

However, manufacturers are likely to face difficulties due to aftereffects of the economic recession. Federal grants, which are used to purchase PPE, have been disappointing. Thus, the firefighters PPE markets have witnessed a decline. “The main factor that influences growth in this market is the federal grant money, which is used to purchase PPE and hire firefighters,” explains the analyst. “While the funding patterns have been stable for many years, in 2010 the allocated funding took a steep cut and this is likely to have a negative influence on the PPE market.”

Overall, enhancing products and offering superior quality and features will be important for achieving growth in the firefighters PPE markets. Providing value-added services to end users at an affordable price is also likely to garner repeat customers. “In this highly mature market, consistent focus on innovation will be one of the main factors that steers a company towards growth,” reiterates the analyst. “Value-added services such as clean-and-repair services, on-site training and assistance, and customization of products also play an essential role in securing contracts over a long period.”

Market Sectors

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

  • Fire helmets
  • Firefighter self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Turnout gear
  • Fire gloves
  • Fire boots

 

Executive Summary
Research Aims and Objectives
End-User Scope
Geographic Scope
Product Scope
Market Overview
Summary of Major Findings
Market Structure
Strategic Recommendations
Conclusions

Major Legislations and Market Trends
United States
Canada
Other Standards followed in the United States
Certifications to PPE standards
Major Market Trends and Highlights in 2010
Government Grants and Funds
Product Development Initiatives in North America
Industry Challenges and Market Forces
Industry Challenges
Market Drivers
Market Restraints

Industry Best Practise
Total Firefighter PPE Market
Introduction and Market Overview
Market Engineering Measurements
Total Firefighter PPE Market Revenue Forecasts
Percentage of Revenues by Product Segment
Supply Chain Analysis
Competitive Analysis
PPE Market M&A Activity Timeline
Competitive Analysis -Major Industry Participants

Fire Helmet Market
Introduction and Market Overview
Market Engineering Measurements
Fire Helmets Market Revenue Forecasts
Pricing Analysis
Competitive Analysis

Firefighter SCBA Market
Introduction and Market Overview
Market Engineering Measurements
Firefighter SCBA Market Revenue Forecasts
Pricing Analysis
Competitive Analysis
Turnout Gear Market
Introduction and Market Overview
Market Engineering Measurements
Turnout Gear Market Revenue Forecasts
Pricing Analysis
Competitive Analysis

Fire Gloves Market
Introduction and Market Overview
Market Engineering Measurements
Fire Gloves Market Revenue Forecasts
Pricing Analysis
Competitive Analysis

Fire Boots Market
Introduction and Market Overview
Market Engineering Measurements
Fire Boots Market Revenue Forecasts
Pricing Analysis
Competitive Analysis
Recommendations and Conclusions
Short-term Recommendations
Long-term Recommendations
Conclusions

Firefighter Department Profiles
End-user Analysis
Career Versus Volunteer Firefighters

List of Figures
Firefighter PPE Market: Impact of Top Industry Challenges (North America), 2011-2017
FirefighterPPE Market: Market Drivers Ranked in Order of Impact (North America), 2011-2017
FirefighterPPE Market: Market Restraints Ranked in Order of Impact (North America), 2011-2017
Firefighter PPE Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Firefighter PPE Market: Top Three Competitors by Market Segment (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Major Industry Participants (North America), 2010
Fire Helmets Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Firefighter SCBA Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Turnout Gear Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Fire Gloves Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Fire Boots Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017

List of Charts
Firefighter PPE Market: Market Segmentation Categories (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Geographic Scope (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Market Segmentation by Product Type (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Market Segmentation (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Firefighter Market Life Cycle Analysis (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Growth Opportunities by Product Type (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Other Firefighter PPE Standards (United States), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Certifying Authorities (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Major Market Trends and Highlights (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Sources of Funding for Fire Departments Which Impacts the PPE Market (North America), 2010-2017
Firefighter PPE Market: Assistance to Firefighter Grants (North America), 2002-2011
FirefighterPPE Market: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) (North America), 2005-2011
Firefighter PPE Market: Project HEROES Participants (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Industry Best Practices (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Revenues by Product Type (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Growth Opportunities by Product Type (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Market Life Cycle Analysis (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Market Engineering Measurements (North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Firefighter PPE Market: Percent of Revenues by Product Segments (North America), 2010 and 2017
Firefighter PPE Market: Supply Chain Structure (North America), 2010
PPE Markets Major Mergers and Acquisitions (World), 2000-2010
Fire Helmets Market: Market Engineering Measurements (North America), 2010
Fire Helmets Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Fire Helmets Market: Company Market Share by Revenues (North America), 2010
Firefighter SCBA Market: Market Engineering Measurements (North America), 2010
Firefighter SCBA Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Firefighter SCBA Market: Company Market Share by Revenues (North America), 2010
Turnout Gear Market: Market Engineering Measurements (North America), 2010
Turnout Gear Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Turnout Gear Market: Company Market Share by Revenues (North America), 2010
Fire Gloves Market: Market Engineering Measurements (North America), 2010
Fire Gloves Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Fire Gloves Market: Company Market Share by Revenues (North America), 2010
Fire Boots Market: Market Engineering Measurements (North America), 2010
Fire Boots Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2007-2017
Fire Boots Market: Company Market Share by Revenues (North America), 2010
FirefighterPPE Market: Percent of Career and Volunteer Firefighters(North America), 2010
Firefighter PPE Market: Number of Fire Departments (United States), 2010
FirefighterPPE Market: FirefighterStatistics Trend (United States), 1999-2009
FirefighterPPE Market: Conclusions (North America), 2010



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